12 April, 2010 at 8:13 pm (Atheism, Chivalry, Ethics)
Tags: Applied ethics, Chivalry, Chivalry-Now, Dean Jacques, Ethics, knighthood, Knights
Upon my honour,
- I will develop my life for the greater good.
- I will place character above riches, and concern for others above personal wealth.
- I will never boast, but cherish humility instead.
- I will speak the truth at all times, and forever keep my word.
- I will defend those who cannot defend themselves.
- I will honor and respect women, and refute sexism in all its guises.
- I will uphold justice by being fair to all.
- I will be faithful in love and loyal in friendship.
- I will abhor scandals and gossip-neither partake nor delight in them.
- I will be generous to the poor and to those who need help.
- I will forgive when asked, that my own mistakes will be forgiven.
- I will live my life with courtesy and honour from this day forward.
By adhering to these 12 Trusts, I swear to partake in the living Quest in everything I do.
17 August, 2010 at 8:10 am (Chivalry, Hagakure)
Tags: Goal Setting, Hagakure, Planning and preparation, William Scott Wilson
“Among the maxims on Lord Naoshige’s wall there was this one: ”Matters of great concern should be treated lightly.” Master lttei commented, “Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.” Among one’s affairs there should not be more than two or three matters of what one could call great concern. If these are deliberated upon during ordinary times, they can be understood. Thinking about things previously and then handling them lightly when the time comes is what this is all about. To face an event and solve it lightly is difficult if you are not resolved beforehand, and there will always be uncertainty in hitting your mark. However, if the foundation is laid previously, you can think of the saying, “Matters of great concern should be treated lightly,” as your own basis for action.”
(Hagakure, Tsunetomo, Trans. Wilson, 2000, p27)
Phenomenal. This verse (No. 21) shows the value of proper planning and preparation, it echoes the advice found in many modern books upon the subject. Hearing the advice reflected back from the past is really satisfying.
14 July, 2010 at 2:41 pm (Ethics, Science)
Tags: Atheism, Carl Sagan, FFreeThinker, Richard Dawkins, Richard Feynman, Scepticism, Science